In this new showcase I’m featuring four Modern Quilters that you will love!
My quilting journey really began when I first laid eyes on an irresistible crochet blanket that I knew I’d have to figure out how to make someday. That day came years later in 2017 when my first niece was born, and not even owning a crochet hook at that point, I got to work on learning everything there was to know about this craft. The social media powers that be were soon showing me quilts, which became equally enticing–and so, I found a sewing machine and immersed myself in online quilting tutorials. It wasn’t long before I was making my own adjustments to purchased patterns and, eventually, creating my own designs.
Being a passionate student of philosophy, I am always thinking quite deeply about what gives us meaning and what it means to do good in this life. All of my designs are inspired by my musings on these topics and draw from wisdom across various secular philosophies that I personally study, including Buddhism, Stoicism, Transcendentalism, Humanism, among others. I named my business Eudaimonia Studio because it means “human flourishing,” and that’s what I hope my designs inspire others to seek.
I love playing with colors and always challenge myself to try out new palettes (some more successful than others, of course!), but some of my mainstays include peaches, dusty pinks, and rust. In general, I’m a sucker for texture and love to incorporate fabrics like linen into my work, despite the sometimes additional effort required.
Wanting my designs to be accessible to as many quilting abilities as possible, I like to keep elements of my design airly simple. I love taking a standard quilt block and arranging it in an untraditional or unexpected way. If there is a more complicated shape I’d like to create, I figure out a way to start with a common element, such as an HST or half circle, and make simple cuts or additional seams from there. I’m also fairly impatient and love a quick sew, and so many of my designs involve larger-than-average blocks or include methods for more efficient sewing.
I started quilting in 1975, making hundreds of quilts along the way. My early fabric design teacher was Jackson Brockett. My recent work combines portraits, figures and quilt block patterns, often unique block patterns th.st have special meaning for a particular quilt image.
I majored in visual design at Ewha Womans University College of Arts. After graduation, I worked as a graphic designer for 7 and a half years in a design company. After marriage, I obtained an art psychology certificate and taught art.
I’ve been running an online quilts site for 10 years, and have been exhibiting with interest in art quilts as an art quilts member led by the Corea Quilt Associate (CQA) since 2016.
As a person who has been in art for a long time, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I became a quilter. Because I think quilting is a field of art. My dream of becoming an architect from an early age inspires me and gives me good ideas.
My favorite design elements are modern line, geometry, typography, landscape, architecture, etc., and I will continue to study these topics. I like to work alternately in two styles. (For example, elaborate lines and shapes, free lines and improvisational arts)
Before sewing the fabric, computer graphics, screen printing, fabric painting, etc. are used for work, and machine quilting is mainly used for methods. (Recently completed the BSP course in Bernina Korea)
I was a member of SAQA Korea a few years ago and now I’m an online member.
My favorite colors are blue, black, and white. I like to watch movies during breaks, and I also spend time taking pictures and exploring curious topics. Recently, I have been working with photos taken directly under the theme of windows, doors, and streets. I respect many quilters who do amazing things.
It was on a visit to the States in the early 90’s, browsing magazines at a corner market that I came across a small book on quilts that caught my eye and made me want to make one someday. Years later, in Buenos Aires where I’m from, I was lucky to meet Pat Caffrey, a nomad quilter, and took her 3 month course on quilt making with her. But it wasn’t until 2002 that I started making quilts.
Being my education mainly in Architecture I’m drawn to seeing quilts as three dimensional objects, with a front, back and perimeter. I enjoy playing with this idea as much as naming them. I always regarded the naming part as another playful aspect of quilts. In a graphic and funny way, many times they reflect what I’ve been reading, listening or observing while I’m making them. Although piecing is about adding up, my motto is “not everything adds up” (a quilters version of less is more). What moves me is color, geometry and abstraction. What informs me is Architecture, Art and Design. So many works that I admire, past and present!
My approach varies depending on the series I’m working on. For example, “Geometric Fields” came out of my fascination when looking down from airplanes at the amazing patterns on the fields below. Out of these field patterns came the quilts for that series. In my new ongoing series “Spaced Out” which started during the pandemic, I decided to work with what I had, using leftover blocks and rearraging them in odd ways with lots of spacing, separation or voids.
Nowadays, I spend my time between Argentina and Uruguay where I just finished setting up my new dream studio. I am so thankfull at my chance encounter with quilts and I am enjoying the struggle between freedom and tradition this medium offers.